|North East India|
North-East India is unexplored, mysterious, and inarguably one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The region is tucked in the northeastern frontiers of India and is packed with surprises, so much so that North East tour packages are nothing less than a ticket to paradise.
Blessed with the Himalayan expanses, tea gardens, misty valleys, rich biodiversity, tribal culture, and adventure among other things; North East holds something special to experience for everyone.
The region comprises Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Manipur, Sikkim, and Nagaland. From the legends to natural beauty and heritage to fun-filled activities;
North East India has plenty of places that you simply cannot afford to miss out on. So, for your holiday plans take a look at our list of 10 top-rated tourist places in North East India.
10 Top-Rated Tourist Places to Visit in North East India
1. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Declared a UNESCO Heritage Site, the Kaziranga National Park is one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in north-east India. Home to the one-third population of endangered one-horned rhinoceros of the world, the national park offers wonderful wildlife experiences.
Elephant safaris and jeep rides take you deep within the jungle to spot wildlife in their natural habitat.
How to reach: Take a flight to Guwahati International Airport and then a 5-hour car ride.
Best time to visit: October to April
Famous For: One-horned rhinoceros, 35 species of mammals, and hundreds of migratory birds’ species.
2. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Meghalaya translates into “The Abode of Clouds” and has some of the most beautiful places to visit in North East India. Formerly holding the title of the “wettest place in the world”, Cherrapunji is the star attraction in the state.
Waterfalls, lush hills, caves, cloudy skies, and more make your holiday worthwhile.
How to reach: Fly to Guwahati Airport and then take a 5-hour drive to Cherrapunji.
Best time to visit: All through the year, especially from July to September.
Famous for: Waterfalls, caves, living root bridges, and abundant rainfall.
3. Gangtok, Sikkim
The scenic capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is one of the most popular tourist places in northeast India. Visited by nature lovers, honeymoon couples, and adventure lovers alike; the hill station enjoys salubrious weather and offers exciting things to do.
While the town has a lot to keep you spellbound, Nathu La and Gurudongmar Lake trips are a must.
How to reach: Take a flight to Bagdogra Airport or the newly opened Pakyong Airport and then a 3-5 hour drive.
Best time to visit: October to June.
Famous for: Rumtek Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Ganesh Tok, Do Dul Chorten, Enchey Monastery, abundant flora-fauna, view of Mt Kanchendzonga, and Tibetan culture.
4. Darjeeling, West Bengal
One of the most well-known tourist places in North East India, Darjeeling is worthy of all its praises. The scenic hill town under the gaze of the snow-covered Mt Kanchendzonga is dotted by tea gardens, ancient monasteries, British-era bungalows, and other attractions.
How to reach: Take a flight to Bagdogra airport and then choose either a drive to the town or a ride on the Darjeeling Toy Train. It is recommended to board the train and enjoy the ride through the mountains.
Best time to visit: October to June
Famous for: Toy Train Ride on Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, tea gardens, Tiger Hill, Himalayan Zoo, Tibetan culture, Tibetan handicrafts, Batasaia Loop, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Peace Pagoda, and river rafting in Teesta.
5. Pelling, Sikkim
Located in the foothills of Himalayas, Pelling is a picturesque hill station that makes its place among the must-visit places on a North East India tour. With Sanga Choling Monastery and Pemayangtse Monastery, the place has a spiritual flavor.
How to reach: Pelling is 120 km away from Gangtok and can be explored in addition to a Darjeeling-Gangtok tour.
Best time to visit: September to June
Famous for: Sangachoeling Monastery, Rimbi Waterfall, Kanchenjunga Fall, Khecheopalri Lake, Khangchendzonga National Park, Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, and adventure activities.
6. Shillong, Meghalaya
The beautiful capital of Meghalaya, Shillong is among the most popular tourist places in North East India. The sparkling lakes, lush hills, waterfalls, culture, and adventure activities make Shillong a major tourist attraction.
How to reach: Arrive at the Guwahati Airport or railway station and then after a 4-hour drive get to Shillong.
Best time to visit: All through the year
Famous for: Ward’s Lake, Sweet Falls, Shillong Peak, Khasi Hills, Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Laitlum Canyons, Mawjymbuin Caves, Waterfall, rappelling, cave exploration, shopping at Bara Bazaar, and boating in UmiamLake.
7. Majuli, Assam
One of the most beautiful places in the world, Majuli is the largest river island. Floating on calm waters of Brahmaputra, the island is known for its vibrant culture and heritage. For an offbeat holiday in North East India, nothing beats Majuli.
How to reach: Fly to the Jorhat Airport and board a ferry to Majuli Island.
Best time to visit: October to February
Famous for: Molai forest, Kamalabari Satra, and Dakhinpat Satra which is the center of culture, literature, art, music in Majuli, and Tengapania.
8. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Nestled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, Tawang is a picturesque town in the North East. Sacred for Buddhism, the town is dotted with many monasteries. The tribal culture and the exquisiteness of the Himalayas makes it one of the must-not-miss places in North East India.
How to reach: Take a flight to the Sonibari Airport, in Tezpur Assam, or to Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati, which is well connected to Tawang. Upon reaching here, you can rent a private cab or avail the state buses to reach Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.
Best time to visit: October to June
Famous for: Tawang Monastery, Brahmadung Nunnery, Urgelling Monastery, Craft Center, Tawang War Memorial, Khinmey monastery, high-altitude lakes like Ptso and Sangster and colorful rhododendrons blooming all around.
9. Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro Valley is one of the best places to see in the North East. The music festival held at Ziro every year in September is the star attraction but there are also pictorial views, tribal hamlets, and adventure activities that make a visit worthwhile.
Best time to visit: During the music festival in September.
How to reach: Take a flight to Jorhat and then drive to the valley or plan a complete North East Tour.
Famous for: Three-day rock concert, tribal culture, and trekking.
10. Kohima, Nagaland
The capital of Nagaland, Kohima takes pride in its heritage and tribal culture. One of the best-known tourist attractions in Northeast India, the town enjoys an unhurried pace of life. The scenic hills surrounding the town are home to rare bird species.
Other tourist sites worth visiting are the World War II cemetery, beautiful lakes, and nearby villages of Nagaland.
How to reach: Fly to Dimapur Airport and then reach Kohima by cab.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year with the exception of the monsoon months from July to September.
Famous for: The Hornbill Festival, Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak, Kohima Museum, Kohima Zoo, Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima Cathedral, Touphema Village, Khonoma Village, Shilloi Lake, and Naga Heritage Village.
Undoubtedly, the entire North East India is an untouched paradise to which these destinations offer memorable experiences. Be it the pristine natural beauty, the thrill of adventure, or other cherished experiences, a North East India tour will certainly be a memory to treasure lifelong!